Varying Success for Totally Tennis Girls in Christmas Tournaments

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid were 16 & under Girls Doubles runners up at the Grade 3 Eastleigh Open held between Christmas and New Year. The pair beat Sienna May and Grace Williams 4-1, 4-0 but lost against Diana Mascenikova and Leontina Slovak 5-3, 4-1 to finish in second place overall.

Hignett also competed in the 16 & under Girls singles where she defeated Liliana Fleming in the first round round 6-1, 7-6(0) before losing in the quarters against Mascenikova 7-5, 6-4. In the 14 & under Girls singles event Hignett was knocked out in the semis by Williams 6-1, 3-6, [1-0](9) and Reid won the consolation event beating Lucy Peer 4-1, 4-0 in the final.


Before Christmas fellow performance player Jasmin Bromilow and her partner Graziella Barrett were runners-up in 18 & under Girls Doubles at the White Horse Indoor Junior Winter Tennis Tournament in Oxford. Bromilow/Barrett beat Jasmine Conway and Daniela Kotara in the quarters 5-4(4), 4-5(2), [1-0](8), Leontina Slovak/Rachel Barnett 5-3, 4-2 in the semis before losing in the final against Jessica Matthews and Imogen Haddad 3-5, 4-1, [1-0](5). Bromilow also competed in the 18 & under Girls singles but was knocked out into semi finals but her doubles partner and eventual runner-up Graziella  4-0, 4-0.

Hignett and Reid also competed in this Grade 4 event finishing as 18 & under Girls consolation runners up. They lost to Matthews/Haddad in the quarters of the main draw 5-4(4), 4-5(2), [1-0](8) and then beat Izabella Harte and Lara Frank 4-2, 4-0 in the consolation semi-final before losing in the final against Conway/Kotara 4-0, 4-0.

Great job girls 😉



Cooper Kirby and Hignett Win Titles at Chiswick Event

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby won the 14 and under Boys Singles title at Virgin Active Riverside, Chiswick.

After a bye in the first round of the Grade 3 pre-Christmas event Cooper Kirby beat Zak Radziwillowicz 6-0, 6-2 in round two followed by Tom Chapman in the quarters 6-2, 6-1 and Tarique Tonge-Bobia 7-5, 6-2 in the semis. In the final he defeated Tommy Poli 6-3, 6-3 to win the event. Cooper Kirby also competed in the 14 & under doubles event with club mate Daniel Prickett but lost in the quarters to Radziwillowicz and his partner Jago Bluett 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(5).

20171223_135025.jpgHignett (L) and Cooper Kirby (R) were both winners at the Chiswick event (also pictured is Hignett’s Doubles partner Golesworthy)

Fellow performance player and tennis scholar Liam Hignett won the Men’s Doubles title with partner and former Totally Tennis player Ryan Golesworthy (also Men’s Singles champion). After a bye in the first round the pair defeated Oliver and Oscar Jacobson 6-3, 6-3 in the second round, Patrick Mpalanyi and Henry Kuteesaakwe 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters and then beat William Fyall and and Totally Tennis veteran Josh Goodall in the semis 7-5, 6-4. In the final they bet James Weller and Oscar Glenister 6-4, 6-3 to win the title.

Congratulations Dean and Liam!

Totally Tennis Juniors beat West Hants Team

The Totally Tennis Under 9 and Under 10 teams got their festive season off to a great start beating the team from West Hants Tennis Club, Bournemouth 47-45 in squad matches at the indoor centre.

The event, run by Head Coach James McIntosh, saw the young players competing in a series of singles matches against their West Hants opponents. Hayden Cummings, brothers Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar, Ansh Annareddy, Charlie McKenzie, Faith Tompkins and Jack Moria all represented the home club. Every match won counted as a point and went towards the overall team score, they also played a couple of fun team games.

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McIntosh said, “All of the players thoroughly enjoyed the matches and it was a good standard of tennis played throughout the day.” He added, “It was a great experience for everyone to play against other players from another club. We look forward to travelling to West Hants later next year for the re-match.”

Congratulations to all the players involved 😉


Get Festive at Totally Tennis

It’s time to get festive at Totally Tennis. Did you miss Drunken Drills and Christmas Jumper Day? Don’t worry there’s still lots of fun to be had this Christmas season for both Juniors and Adults.2693678C-6661-4076-8D43-6F736DEFA262Wednesday 20th December

Juniors – U10’s Mini Christmas Party 4:30 – 6:30pm

(£15 per player)

Adults – Doubles Tournament 6:00 – 8.00pm plus Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

(£15 per player)

Thursday 21st December

Adults – Pay & Play (Intermediate level) 7:30 – 9:00pm

(£13.50 per player)

Friday 22nd December

Juniors – Yellow Squad Camp 5:00 – 7:00pm followed by food and drinks until 8:30pm

(£15 per player)

Saturday 23rd December

Munchkins & Juniors Fun Christmas Tennis 9:30am – 12:30pm

(£15 per player)

**Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – CLOSED**

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th December

Juniors – Tennis Camps 9:00am – 4:00pm (Booking Required)

Wednesday 27th December

Adults – 50+ Mixed Session 10:00 – 11:30am

Adults – Advanced Doubles 2:00 – 4:00pm

Thursday 28th December

Adults – Drills 2:30 – 3:30pm

Friday 29th December

Adults – Mixed session 10:00am – 11:30am

Saturday 30th December

Juniors – Munchkins 10:00 – 11:00am and Junior Club 11:00am – 12:30pm

Adults – Drills 10:00 – 11:00am

**New Years Eve 31st December  and New Years Day 1st January 2018 – CLOSED**

611DD931-6239-414C-B2F7-A6A8370A3852Come celebrate the festive season with us and work off all those mince pies too 😉 Drop the children off for some Tennis Camp fun while you do that last minute shopping.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Totally Tennis.


Five Best Recovery Foods

You know the benefits of cooling down and stretching after exercise, but are you recovering optimally if you don’t consider the nutritional aspect? Let’s firstly clear up the fundamental importance of using nutrition to recover the best you possibly can from exercise…


  1. You must replace the lost water and salt from sweating
  2. You must replace the carbohydrates you burn off (carbohydrates are the preferred fuel source for the body to function)  
  3. You must consume protein to keep your body in a positive protein balance (the only way for muscles to repair and adapt)
  4. You must plough your body with micronutrients to keep the immune system functioning (the immune system is damaged by exercise)

Recovery is not just about stretching post exercise but also about nutrition to recover the best you can. As we have previously spoken about the importance of hydration, carbohydrates AND protein, let’s talk through some practical examples of foods you can consume after a tennis training session, or a match.

  1. Beans on toast with a side of fruit (e.g. an apple)
  2. Flavoured yoghurt topped with a bowl of fruit salad
  3. One bread roll filled with chicken and salad
  4. Fruit smoothie packed with berries, banana, oats and yoghurt
  5. Sports drink (e.g. lucozade) and a protein bar

Moral of the story. Keep it simple and incorporate food that doesn’t require spending hours in the kitchen to prepare.

Yours in Health,


Former Totally Tennis performance player and now coach Steph Catlin has founded Food Is Life, a sports nutrition consultancy business based in Basingstoke. If you would like to learn more about how to achieve your personal nutrition goals and for specific personal advice please contact Steph directly via via her website or visit her social media channels FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Read more nutrition advice in previous posts  Is Nutrition The Missing Puzzle Piece to Your Ultimate Tennis Performance?Do You Suffer With Performance Dips During a Tennis MatchProtein Isn’t Just For Body Builders, Competition Nutrition – What, When and How Much? and Eat Food When You Can, Supplement When You Must




50+ Christmas Festivities 2017

The 50+ players, who play together every Wednesday morning at Totally Tennis, enjoyed their annual Christmas Party with festive food after their session.


The coaches joined with the players to enjoy the party and celebrate another great year of tennis as well as the forthcoming Christmas season. Cheers to all the players and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2018.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!


November in Pictures


Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett will be off to study in America next year after securing a tennis scholarship to Tennessee Technological University (TTU)

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4D03D79C-0FE8-4908-87FB-0ED3D7B224C5Kevin Karjalainen was crowned TT Town Red champion 2017

88F369BB-8228-4FB7-A5F3-3012E3A52C8CTT Tour 2017 runner-up Guhan Chendhilkumar

024D1173-2451-494A-82EE-DAADF55E5791TT Tour Champion 2017 Hayden Cummings

ABA03FAE-D236-490D-B454-39DC5828B5ACAll the 2017 TT Tour Finalists 

47E175F4-3298-4F15-989B-745445256A1ATotally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett (wearing orange shorts) represented Hampshire as part of the Men’s Winter County Cup